When Betsy Devonshire arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good - until Margot was murdered. In a town this friendly, it's hard to imagine who could have committed such a horrible act, but Betsy has a few ideas. There's an ex-employee who wants to start her own needlework store. And there's the landlord who wanted Margot out. Now Betsy's putting together a list of motives and suspects to figure out this killer's pattern of crime….
©1999 Monica Ferris (P)2011 AudioGO
A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!
I enjoyed listening to this book, and I found I was picking up my needlework more often than usual! Something about the descriptions of yarns, silks, etc, made me want to sink my hands into them. I figured out 'whodunit' about halfway through the book, and enjoyed collecting clues to see if I was right - I was! I plan to purchase more of the series, but I think I'd better visit my local yarn shop first and stock up....
The narrator nearly ruined this for me. She was very stilted in her delivery, especially of the main heroine's voice, which made her sound unappealing. But the elements of a good "cozy mystery" were there, especially it you like crafts. If later books in this series have a different narrator, I'd definitely consider them. Otherwise, it's off to the library. Be sure to check out the sample recording and see if you can tolerate the narration.
I already have. Probably will again as I like the characters ,subject matter and not too graphic.
When the ladies start to suspect who the killer is (don't want to give it away)
I listen at work so am happy to have long stretches to keep up with the story.
The characters were likeable and the story engaging enough to hold my interest, so I might try another book by Monica Ferris in the future when I run out of books in my favorite series or by my more preferred authors.
Most interesting: it is set in a yarn shop.
Least interesting: it is set in a yarn shop.
Susan Boyce read well enough, but I thought she made some of the characters sound much older than they were described. I'm in my 50s and I don't think I sound like an old woman!
This book is the first of the Needlecraft series. I love the clever titles.
The book is worth a try. I liked it well enough to consider listening to more of the series in the future. I didn't like it well enough to immediately work my way through all of them right now, one after the other.
I enjoy Monica Ferris books for being light, interesting mysteries. Read the series in order, starting with this one. I must say, I don't love Susan Boyce's reading style but it doesn't get in the way of my liking the content. Her emphasis seems always to be slightly off for my taste. But I've thoroughly enjoyed the whole Crewel World series and wish Audible would get the rest of the books.
Not a crafty person so all the needlework references were a bit wearing but helped fill an afternoon of housework.
A better reader.
Not well read, in fact I nearly stopped listening.
Reading seemed wooden and many times the accent fell on the wrong words. Very annoying.
Though the story was fairly predictable, I enjoyed several of the characters. Could be a fun, mindless chic-lit if the proper performance was there.
Say something about yourself!
liked the details of and the story
She is just so monotone!
get back to needle point
Very predictable--knew the culprit and her/his unlikely and uncompelling motive VERY early on. Weird, underdeveloped characters--"weird" as in "awkward and unlikable", not as in "quirky and interesting". Flat narration. I don't recommend this book at all.
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